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Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography



Streetwise builds on Swiss photographer Robert Frank’s snapshot aesthetic, which gained attention following the release of his groundbreaking book, The Americans in 1959. Frank’s focus on a more personal documentary style influenced a new generation of photographers, including legendaries such as Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Jerry Berndt, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon and Ernest Withers.

Major funding for Streetwise is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Becky Moores, Jon Doellstedt and the Gardner Bilingual Endowment.


Traveling Exhibition Schedule

February 5 – May 15, 2011:  Museum of Photographic Arts

October 2, 2011 - January 22, 2012: The Light Factory

May 4 - August 5, 2012: Knoxville Museum of Art


Robert Frank and The Americans

Ruth-Marion Baruch and the Black Panthers

Street Photography and the 1960s

A Look at Danny Lyon

A Look at Garry Winogrand




Gallery Activity 

Research Guide

Artist Biographies


Streetwise on Flickr

Share your photos and stories from the 60s and for the opportunity to be featured on an in-gallery monitor during from February 5 - May 15, 2011.

Where were you from 1960-1969? Show us your photos that define the decade. Join the Flickr group pool to upload your photographs and share your memories.

Not around in the 60s? Show us how the 60s live on today through protests, fashion, concerts and social gatherings. Please note that all images will be approved before going live on our website or in-gallery monitor.


Exhibition Catalog


Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography highlights nine photographers intent on redefining the nation based on what they saw in the turbulent time of the 1960’s. This realistic, sometimes dire, view of America ranges from the “outlaw culture” of bikers and chain gangs; Boston’s red light district known as the Combat Zone; Black Panthers; the gritty streets and neighborhoods of New York; the politically charged South; to the darker sub-cultures photographed by Diane Arbus.

This beautifully bound edition includes photographers: Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Jerry Berndt, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon and Ernest Withers. Purchase catalog.